Bitcoin is still a long way from reaching the masses, but industry leaders have demonstrated why a surge in adoption is likely in the cards for bitcoin’s future. And with Earth Day around the corner, we wanted to shine a light on bitcoin’s benefits as an efficient donation vehicle for nonprofits. We’ve also included a selection of eco-conscious nonprofits that accept bitcoin donations!
Since bitcoin first emerged in 2008, it’s grown from a niche hobby explored mainly by computer scientists, cryptographers, and libertarians, into an entire genre of study at formal institutions and online education portals. Whether you’re starting from scratch or you’re a seasoned pro, everyone has a preferred way to discover bitcoin. To help you find your best fit, we scoured the web and hand-picked a diverse collection of online resources.
Thanks for joining us for this edition of our bitcoin news roundup, where we’ll be sharing the latest on Bitfinex’s recovery post-hack, and bitcoin’s status as a legal form of payment in Japan. Continue reading for all the details!
Since 2017 kicked off, we’ve released a number of key updates to our block explorer, bitcoin wallet, and developer platform. To keep you looped in, this post has the scoop on what we’ve been up to in the first quarter of the year.
Here’s a quick rundown of noteworthy updates for Q1 2017
- We launched a new logo and look and feel on .info
- We’ve added beginner-friendly resources to our site
- We deployed an improved charts layout, including popular charts
- We’ve added helpful wallet notifications
- One form for API key requests
As an industry leader for bitcoin and block chain technology, we are passionate about meaningful conversations that inspire action. Hackathons are at the forefront of these conversations! Programmer hub Hacker Earth recently teamed up with our developer, Kevin Houk, to host a webinar with an across-the-board introductory look at bitcoin and explore other noteworthy applications of block chain technology. For added hackathon inspiration, Kevin also took a dive into some cool uses for our API. If you couldn’t make it to the webinar, check it out below.
So far, 2017 has proven to be a bullish year for bitcoin indeed. And as it shoots for the moon, it’s unfortunately common to see an uptrend in malware and phishing attempts that leave you with an empty wallet. In this post, we share best practices that will help fortify your online security arsenal. Read on to find out how you can increase your safe browsing IQ.
You don’t have to look far to find a death knell for bitcoin. In fact, there’s a whole site dedicated to tracking such proclamations. These prognostications are loud and frequent but each is more wrong than the last. Don’t believe me? Here’s a helpful infographic that sheds light on the real story of bitcoin and how our 12 million+ users are helping to build the future of finance.
Thanks for joining us for this edition of our news roundup, where we touch on some thoughts post-SEC verdict for the Winklevoss ETF, and share an insightful piece on why diverse perspectives and collaboration will help the bitcoin community thrive. Plus, headlines show exciting growth for bitcoin in Ireland, and more. Jump right in to get the details!
A well-executed hackathon combines the right atmosphere, resources (aka endless caffeine), raw talent and teamwork in order to accelerate the transformation of interesting ideas into real, innovative, working prototypes. Here, we’ll rewind to revisit some of the projects that caught our eye and tackle real world problems, both big and small. One project is even preparing for an official launch. If we’ve peaked your curiosity, keep reading!
Early this morning (GMT time), we discovered that our Twitter account was defaced with provocative and distasteful political propaganda. We quickly got to work securing access to the account, removing the offensive tweets and broadcasting a message that all Blockchain services, including wallets and API were not impacted whatsoever. Unfortunately, we were not the only firm swept up in this issue. As this article notes, Forbes, BBC North America, Amnesty International, the European Parliament were among the hundreds of accounts impacted.
Twitter acknowledged the incident in a statement to Gizmodo stating:
We are aware of an issue affecting a number of account holders this morning. Our teams are working at pace and taking direct action on this issue. We quickly located the source which was limited to a third party app. We removed its permissions immediately. No additional accounts are impacted. Advice on keeping your account secure can be found here.
What we know is that a third party social media analytics provider called The Counter, which many large firms (including Netflix, YouTube, Slack, the UN and Adobe) rely on, was compromised. We will no longer be using them. At no time was Blockchain the deliberate target of this external breach. Here is what they had to say:
We're aware that our service was hacked and have started an investigation into the matter.We've already taken measures to contain such abuse
— TheCounter (@thecounter) March 15, 2017
While the motivation for this bizarre social media attack is still unknown, we’re sorry for any confusion or offense this may have caused. We take these issues extremely seriously and have already kicked off an internal audit of our security practices for both our analytics providers and also specifically our social and community channels to prevent a similar incident from happening again.